Please welcome Kristin to the blog!
Your debut, Intervamption, is fun, gritty, and action packed! Did you always want to be a writer?
Thanks, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Oddly, creative writing never came easy for me. I didn’t keep journals. I didn’t develop characters in my free time. I was the college student who struggled to write decent short-stories in required English classes. But I always loved reading and studying the use of language in my favorite books. It wasn’t until an idea struck me—a girl has visions of Death before he arrives—that I tried my hand at writing a novel. Although that story went through two major overhauls before it saw the light of day, it was great practice. As it turns out, I just needed to loosen up and toss the rules of writing out the window! After I did that, the creative ball got rollin’ and it hasn’t stopped since! (I’ve written four and a half books and a novella in under three years.)
I don’t have to ask who your favorite authors were growing up, but I will ask (being a huge Koontz fan) what your fave Koontz novel is. Watchers and Lightning were a toss-up for me.
Oh, great question. Dean Koontz such a talented writer, it’s hard to put my finger on a solid favorite…but…I’d have to say Cold Fire, simply because it influenced me so much. It released in the early nineties. I think I was eleven when I read it and, oh boy, did it spark a fire for dark suspense inside me. That kind of novel was all I read from there on out.
What made you decide on vamps, as opposed to other supernatural baddies?
There is something very primal and sexual about the claiming bite of a vampire—at least the vampires in the world I write. My vampires are born with a different genetic makeup than humans. You can’t be “turned” from one of their bites and they’re certainly not “undead”. They’re warm-blooded and compassionate, yet sensitive to daylight and hungry for blood. The fact that the Vampires of Crimson Bay want to nuzzle into your neck and take an erotic draw from your vein, is not only physical necessity…it’s also a part of the mating process and very hot to write—and read!
I love your twist on shifters with the therians! If you had to choose to be a vamp or a therian, which would it be, and why?
I’d chose to be a vamp, I think. Although therians get a bad rep in the book, and I believe there are good members of that species living behind the scenes, the Vampires of Crimson Bay are just too bad ass not to want to be a part of.
Your next book in the Crimson Bay series comes out December 6th. Are there plans for more?
Ohh, yeah. Vampires of Crimson Bay #2 (still untitled), is Ruan and Eve’s story. Ruan is the tortured hero, the wounded soul, who deserves love even if he doesn’t believe it. During his journey to find everlasting love with Eve, readers will meet Dante who is an anomaly—not human, not vampire, and certainly not therian. (But I’m not going to tell you what he is, just yet.) It isn’t until Vampires of Crimson Bay #3 (which I’m writing now), that readers will fully understand the murky depths of their world and the creatures that live there. Dante’s book is not under contract yet, so if/when it is, I’ll be sure to let you know. I can tell you this, though…each book gets darker and hotter than the last!
I read in your bio that you’ve traveled to 46 of the 50 US states! Do you have a favorite?
I live in northern California, and it’s great here. I’m within driving distance to both mountains and ocean, and that’s a blessing as I love both so much. I really enjoy traveling to Washington and Oregon, with their lush greenery and rocky shores. And for whatever reason, I have a sweet spot for Colorado. It’s absolutely gorgeous there. I guess I can’t pick a single one!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ireland. Every time I see a picture of that country, I’m in awe of its beauty. I have plans to travel to Dublin in 2013, so we’ll see!
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done (that you’re willing to share?)
You mean I can’t plead the Fifth?!? Damn…okay, then I know this is going to sound corny, but the most daring thing I’ve ever done is given myself the freedom to downright suck. To be honest, the hardest part about writing a book, isn’t the writing at all. (I mean, that’s hard, we all know.) But, the hardest part for me was giving it to others to read and putting it out into the world. When others read my work I’m vulnerable and open, waiting to hear whether the feedback will be accolades or criticism. It’s a scary place to be. Even now, before I hit SEND to one of my critique partners, I stop, clench my toes, and say a little prayer.
Is there any news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share?
I’ll leave the blurb from Vampires of Crimson Bay #2…it’s Ruan’s story, and it’s H-O-T. If you’ve purchased a copy of Intervamption, you know what I’m talking about. (The first chapter from the second installment is included at the end.) Enjoy!
On the run from hungry vampires with his lover under arm, madly possessive RUAN has one thing in mind: keep the dirty fangs of his khissmates off the neck of his one true love—a human with mouth watering blood. The fact that from the moment he invited EVE into his bed, he’s been having eerily real nightmares about violently screwing her, then killing her? Yeah, that part wasn’t fitting too well into his carefully concocted plan to keep her safe.
Eve, a tantalizing biblical studies teacher at Crimson Bay University, has no idea her life is in jeopardy. Ironically, living with the knowledge of paranormal beings and sharing a bed with one of the most cryptic vampires on the planet was not what had her protectively grasping her throat at night. It was the mention of her name in the ancient scrolls; the scrolls written by vampire elders, revealing what’s in store for the end of times…and her spilled blood.
SAVAGE, a villainous vampire-therian hybrid, has a simple plan: kill Eve, drain her dry, thus binding the death shades (dark spirits of vampire elders) to him.
Determined not to let the evil sucker execute his plan by harnessing the dark energy of the elders and killing everyone they’ve come to love, Ruan and Eve set upon a course to stop the future dictated in the scrolls from coming true. It doesn’t take long however, before Ruan realizes that breaking Eve’s heart and erasing himself from her life might be the only way to save her. If only the pull to her wasn’t so strong…
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